Church building collapses at Independence Avenue and Benton in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Authorities responded to a partial building collapse in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday morning.

The collapse happened at 3202 Independence Ave. near Benton. The building is the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith and Christ Jesus church. 

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Authorities said the back wall of the three-story building collapsed from roof to basement.

A class for vacation Bible school for children was in the building. Everyone is accounted for, according to police.

Authorities said there was 44 children and 20 staff members in the building.

The children were taken to the church across the street.

Parents with children at the vacation Bible school can get info on their kids by calling the pastor's cell phone: 816-309-0938. The pickup point for parents to get their children is at Independence and Gladstone.

Several blocks around Independence and Benton were closed as authorities worked.

Kansas City police are taking precautions and checking to see if any officers were exposed to asbestos while responding to the scene.  

Police said the building would likely be torn down on Thursday. 

The city is taking bids from different companies for the demolition. Whichever company wins the bid will start tearing away the debris at the back side of the building where the collapse happened. After that, the crew will check if the rest of the building is structurally sound. If it is, the rest of the building will stay. If it is not, the crew will tear the rest of the building down. 

The pastor of the church is scheduled to speak at 5 p.m. 

We have crews on the scene. 

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